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July 27, 2020     Ami-May     Book Blogging Posts, Book Reviews, Reading 2020, Reading Challenges

Hello All Readers, I am thrilled to share my Book Review today for Refuge: A Mountain Ranch Novel by Willa J. Brand. I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Here are my honest and unbiased opinions on this book.

RefugeRefuge by Willa J. Brand
Series: A Mountain Ranch Novel #1
Publisher: Self Published - Amazon
Publication Date: May 20, 2020
Pages: 119
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Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Literature & Fiction, Romance
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Taylor is a mother on the run from an abusive husband, searching for a safe place for she and her young son. Convinced that her possessive spouse is hunting them, she is paranoid, exhausted and virtually penniless. Finding herself stranded in rural Montana, she is taken in by a couple who help her not knowing her past, and she is able to find work on their ranch. She intends on staying only long enough to save the money needed to move on to a large city where she believes they will be safer. But as time passes friendships develop, as does a love interest, and Taylor struggles to hold on to her secrets. Inevitably, her past catches up with her and her worst fears will become reality.  

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.
Rating Report
Plot/Narrative

This is one women's fight against domestic violence and to protect her son by disappearing and driving miles and miles north. But even with there being miles apart, she is still looking behind her, watching and waiting for her husband to catch up with her. She has suffered physical, emotional, and verbal abuse throughout her marriage to Jackson.

Her car breaks down in a petrol station in rural Montana. As it's the weekend, the car repair garage is shut and there are no hotels around for miles. Luckily she comes across a man who is willing to help her and her son Jay by letting them stay with him and his wife at their ranch until they can fix her car. Lucky for her the man and his wife, they are genuinely kind and caring people. They give her a job on the ranch and somewhere to stay with her son.

8 stars
Characters

I connected with Taylor and her character very fast. She is a beautiful character who just wants to be free and safe. She is well written. And it's lovely to see her character change throughout and she finds out who she really is without her controlling and abusive husband and his family. She has trusts issues, which is understandable.

I instantly fell in love with the other characters who were just real, simple and genuine characters. especially Diana and Owen. I love Diana's character; she is caring, patience and sweet.

8 stars
Writing Style/Pacing

This is a short book, but book one in a series. Although it has the subject of domestic violence/abuse, it is a heartwarming story about how good humanity can be, finding hope, love  & family in the most unexpected places. 

It's a well written, light and quick read. And I can't wait to read the next instalment in this series.

8 stars
Themes/Settings

This story is about how very real domestic abuse is, one woman's/mother's fight to protect her son and finding genuine friends that will come to love, care and protect her and her little son, Jay. It also covers infertility.

The author incorporated the themes, and she did so with sensitivity and great understanding.

The setting sounded beautiful and quiet. Set in Montana, Alberta.

9 stars
Cover

It's a stunning cover, and it's what pulled me into this story.

9.5 stars
Overall Thoughts

'Refuge: A Mountain Ranch Novel is set in rural Montana, Alberta. 
It is a heartwarming story about how good humanity can be, finding hope, love  & family in the most unexpected places. The dominant theme is Taylors domestic violence/abuse by her ex-husband, which is why she fled and drives miles to get away and protect and keep her son, Jay, safe. This is a short book, but book one in a series. I instantly fell in love with the other characters who were just real, simple and genuine characters. It's a well written, light and quick read.'

8.5 stars
Final Rating 8.5 stars

About Willa J. Brand

Willa J. Brand is a pen name for my alter ego, and although she is much more creative than I am in my daily life, we share many of the same interests.  

I am a wife, mother of four children and three angels, and lover of the outdoors. I have been an avid reader from an early age and lover of all forms of literature since before I can remember. Busy as life is helping out on our family farm and caring for children, I craved some kind of creative outlet, and writing was a natural fit for me.

I love all animals and enjoy working with cattle and spending time with my horses and dogs. In more recent years I have found a love for chickens that I never knew I had, and my flock is constantly growing! 

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Reading 2020
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